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Criminal past surrounds 18-year-old killed in pawnshop

Criminal past surrounds 18-year-old killed in pawnshop

By Drew Karedes. CREATED Dec 29, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A criminal past surrounds the 18-year-old shot and killed by a Las Vegas pawnshop employee.

Police believe Jhalon Glass had plans to rob the northwest valley store at gunpoint, and this wasn't his first run in with the law.

Documents show Glass was arrested on grand larceny and burglary charges in July.

An arrest report for that incident alleges Glass stole an employee's personal cell phone at a sales kiosk inside the Fashion Show Mall. It also alleges that he shoplifted from the Hollister store.

In the report, the teen explains that he did not have any money and he wanted to get money to buy food.

The Clark County District Attorney's Office says he was also due in court on January 9th, 2012, for pending charges of receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana. Those charges stem from a November arrest in North Las Vegas.

According to the DA's office, Glass had a juvenile record as well.

There's nothing on his record that trumps the crime police say he attempted to carry out Wednesday.

Investigators allege Glass had a gun as he walked into the Cash America SuperPawn Store, near Durango and Elkhorn.

He was met with a store clerk who wasn't taking any chances, reportedly pulling out a gun and firing. Police say the clerk and Glass exchanged gunfire, but the clerk was not hit.

At least two other customers were also in the store although they were not harmed.

Neighbors on Timothy Court in North Las Vegas recall Glass and his family moving out of their rental home a couple of weeks ago.

While they haven't seen Glass in weeks, numerous neighbors say Glass has left his mark on their cul-de-sac. Those neighbors point to the many skid marks from donuts they remember Glass doing in his car.

"It just caused smoke, and it was kind of obnoxious. I tried to talk to him about it once, and it was a little bit of a confrontation," said neighbor Luke Langley.

Luke Langley viewed Glass as a nuisance at times, but he didn't look at the 18-year-old as a dangerous criminal.

He says Glass's mother tried to watch after her son and even apologized for what he was doing in his car.

"She said he might have had a bit too much to drink," added Langley. "[She said] he does that from time to time."

Across town, in a gated community near Flamingo and Durango, neighbors say Glass often spent time at his grandmother's.

"I never saw any problem while he was here, other than someone being 18," said neighbor Anthony Liso. "Whenever I saw him, it was hello, how are you? Great family, and it's terrible."

Family members inside a home in that gated community did not want to comment.

"I've been in Vegas since 1973. Nothing surprises me about Las Vegas anymore. With the unemployment and the housing I think people are on edge, ready to blow up."

Liso said the teen always appeared to be surrounded by a supportive family.

Investigators continue to investigate the shooting that ended in Glass' death. 

The Clark County Coroner's Office says Glass died from gunshot wounds to his head and chest. Police say they do not anticipate recommending charges against the Clerk who killed the 18-year-old.